WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

DEL ROSARIO LECTURES DUTERTE: It’s your job to lead the fight vs China over the West Philippine Sea

By ROGER M. BALANZA

The President is counted upon to lead in resolving challenges to sovereignty, because this is what presidents must do.

Former foreign affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario stressed this presidential responsibility in an open letter addressed to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

In his letter dated May 2, Del Rosario reminded President Rodrigo Duterte that it is his job to lead the fight against China’s encroachment in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

The letter comes after Medialdea criticized Del Rosario and retired Supreme Court associate justice Antonio Carpio for urging Duterte to solve the WPS problems. Medialdea said it is del Rosario and Carpio who should be blamed for the dispute over WPS.

Medialdea slammed the former officials of the Aquino administration on Duterte for putting the blame for China’s aggressive stance in the disputed areas od the W

“For the stupid actions they’ve done during their regime they want PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) to solve the problems they have created in the WPS. And still, they have the temerity and nerve to lecture PRRD that it is his avowed duty to defend the Philippines’ sovereign rights at all costs,” Medialdea said.

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